It is so good to hear from you again, Dixie. Your wisdom, coupled with your adept means of self-expression, have been missed lately. I think you have answered sladeb's original question, at least as I perceived it, in a nutshell.Vissi wrote:When one is free to constantly redefine the melody of the myth through creative questioning, the bird rises, like the phoenix, from the ashes of the old, hardened paradoxes that bound it to other times and places. Campbell remarks often on the need to bring the myth forward, to allow it to breathe in our own times so we can relate, through our actual experience of it, rather than attempting to shape ourselves to suit something that cannot sing in our age. Many who are familiar with Campbell's work find that rather than separating them from their faith, his conceptualizing of the universal tenets inherent in all wisdom traditions, has the effect of strengthening their spirituality.
I wish I had a better grip on this one. My current response is to say that our perceptions of God are reflections of ourselves: Man makes God in his own image rather than the other way around. I, too, hope I'm not being overly heretical with that statement. As long as we have a Shadow personality, God will have one as well??If God is indeed a God of love, infinite love, capable of forgiveness of all our personal foibles, sins, and transgressions, why is God not capable of making an infinite and eternal rapprochement with His/Her own shadowed, temporal emanation in the form of the character of Lucifer/Satan/Iblis/Shaitan?
IMVHO, the answer to the first question re martyrdom, is "No." The part of Christianity that one should focus on is His message, and the way He personally lived it. I don't think God required Jesus' death; I think we did. Something in the human personality requires a scapegoat, and the means to control God. Isaac was willing to sacrifice his own son to satisfy that need, until God stopped him, and told him to substitute animals instead (or so the story goes). Focusing on Christ as the ultimate sacrifice hasn't changed human nature. It just gives us another out. (A heretical statement once again.) I've heard several "postmodern" Christians say that it just isn't the point. I'm currently reading a book by John D. Caputo, What Would Jesus Deconstruct. I'll let you know when I finish it, if it has an answer.Secondly, is the martyrdom of Jesus truly the central point of Christianity that one should focus upon? Is martyrdom a noble sacrifice and why does the God who forbids Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac, require Jesus's death?
Peace, love. joy,